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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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witnesses, by whom it was proved that the
king had appeared in arms against the forces
commissioned by the parliament, they pro-
nounced sentence against him. He seemed
very anxious at this time to be admitted to
a conference with the two Houses, and it
was supposed that he intended to resign the
crown to his son , but the court refused com-
pliance.
It is confessed that the king's behaviour
during his last scene of his life does ho-
nour to his memory; and that in all ap-
pearances before his judges he never for-
his part, either as a prince or as a man.
The soldiers, instigated by their superiors,
were brought, though with difficulty, to cry
aloud for justice. 'Poor souls!' said the
king to one of his attendants, *for a little
money they would do as much against their
commanders.' One soldier, seized by con-
tagious sympathy, having demanded from
Heaven a blessing on oppressed and fallen
majesty, his officer, overhearing the prayer,
beat him to the ground in the king's pre-
sence. The punishment, methinks, exceeds
the offence.' This was the reflection which
Charles formed on that occasion.
The Scots protested against the proceed-
ings ; the Dutch interceded in the king's
behalf; the prince of Wales sent a blank
sheet of paper, subscribed with his name
and sealed with liis arms, on which his fa-
ther's judges might write what conditions
they pleased as the price of his hfe. So-
licitations were found fruitless with men
whose resolutions were fixed and irrevoc-
able.
Three days were allowed the king be-
tween his sentence and his execution. This
interval he passed with great tranquillity,
chiefly in reading and devotion. All his
family that remained in England were al-
lowed access to him. It consisted only of
the princess Elizabeth and of prince Henry,
afterwards duke of Gloucester, for the duke
of York had made his escape. The palace
of Whitehall was destined for the execution:
for it was intended, by choosing his own
palace, to display more evidently the
triumph of popular justice over royal ma-
jesty. The scaffold was erected in front of
tlie central window of the banqueting- hall;
and when Charles stepped out of the window
upon the scaffold, he found it so surrounded
with soldiers that he could not expect to
be heard by any of the people; he ad-
dressed therefore his discourse to the few
persons who were about him; justified his
own innocence in the late fatal wars, though
he acknowledged the equity of his execu-
tion in the eyes of his Maker; and observed
that an unjust sentence, which he had suf-
fered to take effect, was now punished by
an unjust sentence upon himself. When he
was preparing himself for the block, bishop
Juxon, who had been allowed to attend him,
called to him, 'There is, sir, but one stage
more, which, though turbulent and trouble-
some, is yet a very short one. Consider,
it will soon carry you a great way; it will
carry you from earth to heaven; and there
you shall find, to your great joy, the prize
to which you hasten, a crown of glory.' 'I
go,' replied the king, 'from a corruptible
to an incorruptible crown, where no disturb-
ance can have place.' At one blow was
his head severed from his body. A man
in a vizor performed the office of execu-
tioner; another, in a like disguise, held up
to the spectators the head streaming with
blood, and cried aloud. 'This is the head
of a traitor!' (Jan. 30, 1649.)
Charles was of a comely presence; of a
fiweet, but melancholy, aspect. His face
was regular, handsome, and well-complexion-
ed; his body strong, healthy, and justly pro-
portioned; and being of a middle stature,
he was capable of enduring the greatest
fatigues. He excelled in horsemanship and
other exercises; and he possessed all the
exterior as well as many of the essential
qualities which form an accomplished prince.
The greatest blemish in his character was
a want of sincerity: 'a fault,' says Mr. Hal-
lam (Const. Hist., ii. 229) 'that appeared in
all parts of his life, and from which no one
who has paid the subject any attention will
pretend to exculpate him.'
(The Student's Hume.)
70. GEORGE FOX.
George Fox, the first preacher of the
respectable society of Friends, commonly
called Quakers, was born at Drayton in
the Clay, Leicestershire, in 1621. His father
who was a weaver, a respectable upright
man, placed Georp as an apprentice to a
person who dealt in leather and wool, under
whom he was frequently employed in tend-
ing sheep, an occupation quite congenial
to his retired contemplative turn of mind,
as it afforded leisure for digesting a mis-
sion to which he at length conceived him-
self called. In the year 1647, he made his
first public appearance as a religious teacher,
clothed in a leather dress. He inveighed
indignantly against the drunkenness, the
injustice, and the vices of the times; he
attacked the clergy, and the established
modes of worship, and asserted that the